Straight from the fields

The If List

Gene Harris, Senior Purchasing Manager, Denny’s

Gene Harris is a bit of a local celebrity here at The Snack Magazine. Taking home the prize for multiple cover contests, Gene has an eye for finding our AndNowUKnow apple logo. More importantly, this feat also speaks volumes to his eye for detail across the board, an essential talent in leading the fresh produce buying platform at Denny’s. A penchant for excellence and managing multiple programs is clearly keeping the foodservice champion at the top of his game. With so much about Gene to celebrate, we thought it was the perfect time to bring him into The IF List fold and let him inspire us once again…


IF you could have been born in another century or decade, which would it be and why?
The 1950s, when I was actually born. I’ve seen a lot of amazing things and was just young enough to not have to go to Vietnam, although I did serve in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service.


IF you had to choose now, what would your last meal consist of?
My wife’s delicious meat sauce with Italian sausage over thin spaghetti pasta, a delicious salad, and garlic bread. Key Lime Pie for dessert!


IF you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Pastor Greg Laurie.


IF you could redo one moment or event in your life, which one would you choose and why?
The day I married my best friend, Annie! It was a great day filled with love and fun, but it went by too fast!


IF you were another species in the animal kingdom, what would you be?
Probably a giraffe because they are tall and thin—I am neither! LOL!


IF you had to wear the same thing every day, what items of clothing would you pick?
Comfortable Wrangler jeans, a Hawaiian shirt, and sandals.


IF you could enhance one aspect of your intelligence, what part would you want to improve?
My ability to remember names the first time! I’m great at remembering faces.


IF you could re-experience an awesome day in your life, what day would you choose and why?
Both times that I became a dad! It’s a great and unique feeling.


IF you had a superpower, what would you want it to be?
The ability to heal physically and mentally.


IF you wrote an autobiography, what would be the title?
It Was Never Boring.


IF you could imagine yourself in a different industry, what would it be?
General Contractor, building both luxury homes for profit and Habitat for Humanity homes to donate.


IF you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Learn more about the stock market at a younger age and invest wisely.


IF you could make everyone watch a movie of your choosing, which movie would you want them to see?
Marley and Me.


IF you could have any actor play you in a movie, who would you want?
Tom Selleck. The Snack Endstop